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Julie Delpy And Chris Rock Talk '2 Days In New York' At Sundance

Julie Delpy Chris Rock

First Posted: 01/25/2012 1:30 pm Updated: 01/25/2012 5:51 pm

French actress and director Julie Delpy may be best known in the U.S. for her roles opposite Ethan Hawke "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset," but she teams up with an unlikely co-star, Chris Rock, in her new film "2 Days in New York."

In the romantic dramedy, she and Rock play lovers whose relationship is put to the test when her character's family visits from France. It's the fifth film Delpy has directed, a career turn she hopes will allow her to steer clear of auditions.

Unlikely or not, Rock was actually Delpy's first choice for the male lead in the film, which is a sequel to 2007's "2 Days in Paris."

"When I first started thinking about a sequel, the first person who came to mind was Chris, so I called his agent and he called me back an hour later and said Chris would do it as long as the script wasn't really, really bad," Delpy said at a press conference at Sundance. "So I said, 'Okay, I will try to make something that isn't really, really bad.'"

Delpy succeeded, according to Rock, who said he loved the script from the start and read it in an hour. It's a departure for the veteran stand-up, and while he still gets to flex his comedic muscles in the film, it's definitely new territory for the actor.

Many of Rock's funnier bits come when he is confounded by the language barriers between him and the French-speaking cast.

"It worked because my character didn't speak French in the movie, so I didn't have to act confused -- I was really confused," Rock said. "I think at one point it looked like I was looking down at the subtitles."

He also found it easy to portray a character who was in a dysfunctional relationship.

"I've had dysfunctional relationships with all sorts of women, French, black, Puerto Rican. No one is different. Everyone is kind of f*cked up," he said.

The comedian admitted he wants to tread even further into dramatic territory, but hasn't had the opportunity.

"No one sends me anything dramatic," Rock said. "But it would have to be really dramatic. I would have to be a killer or a transvestite or something where I really get to act."

Next up for Rock is "Madagascar 3" and "What to Expect When You're Expecting." Delpy has two upcoming French films in the works, but admitted -- in the greatest disappointment of the press conference -- that a final installment of the "Before Sunrise"/"Before Sunset" franchise is far from a certainty.

"We might do it, but we would have to have something to say," she said. "With '2 Days in New York,' we had something to say, and with 'Before Sunset' we had something to say. We don't want to just do it."

Another thing the 42-year-old actress touched upon was her hatred of Botox.

"I only want to act if people ask me to be in their film," Delpy said. "I don't want to go through auditions and get Botox in my head and all that shit."

Don't get her wrong -- she loves acting, she's just not a fan of the pressure actresses face to land roles today.

"I love acting, but I don't like the things around it," she said. "All the things about the looks and all the people managing your life. Being a director [means] you are more in control of the story."

Check out photos of celebrities at Sundance below:

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    Lil Jon and Redfoo of LMFAO attend the T-Mobile Presents Google Music at TAO, a nightlife event at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actor Aaron Paul attends Comedy with Aziz Ansari and a Drake Performance presented by Bing at The Bing Bar on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Angela Kinsey (L) attend Day 2 of T-Mobile Google Music Village at The Lift on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Producer Peter Jackson (L) and Damien Echols attend Day 2 of T-Mobile Google Music Village at The Lift on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Paris Hilton,and Redfoo of LMFAO perform at the T-Mobile Presents Google Music at TAO, a nightlife event at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Roberto Zincone, Malin Akerman, and Jamie Chung attend the T-Mobile Presents Google Music at TAO, a nightlife event at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actor Donald Faison attends Comedy with Aziz Ansari and a Drake Performance presented by Bing at The Bing Bar on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actor Nate Parker, actress Laetitia Casta, director Nicholas Jarecki, and actor Richard Gere attend day 1 of The Variety Studio at The 2012 Sundance Film Festival at Variety Studio on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Rapper Lil Jon attends the T-Mobile Presents Google Music at TAO, a nightlife event at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Cuba Gooding Jr.(R) and guest attend Comedy with Aziz Ansari and a Drake Performance presented by Bing at The Bing Bar on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Cuba Gooding Jr. and Aziz Ansari perform at Comedy with Aziz Ansari and a Drake Performance presented by Bing at The Bing Bar on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Drake and Quincy Jones attend Comedy with Aziz Ansari and a Drake Performance presented by Bing at The Bing Bar on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Ben Flajnik attends Comedy with Aziz Ansari and a Drake Performance presented by Bing at The Bing Bar on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Aubrey Plaza attends Comedy with Aziz Ansari and a Drake Performance presented by Bing at The Bing Bar on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Aziz Ansari and Drake attend Comedy with Aziz Ansari and a Drake Performance presented by Bing at The Bing Bar on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actor Will Forte attends Comedy with Aziz Ansari and a Drake Performance presented by Bing at The Bing Bar on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Maria Menounos attends Day 2 of T-Mobile Google Music Village at The Lift on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Director Quentin Dupieux and actress Alexis Dziena attend the 'Wrong' Premiere and party at Fuego Pizzeria during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Rebecca Hall attends the 'Lay the Favorite' premiere during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival held at Eccles Center Theatre on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actresses Laura Prepon and Rebecca Hall attend the 'Lay the Favorite' premiere during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival held at Eccles Center Theatre on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actor Bruce Willis during an interview at the 'Lay the Favorite' premiere during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival held at Eccles Center Theatre on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actor James Marsden attends the T-Mobile Presents Google Music at TAO, a nightlife event at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Lake Bell attends the 'Black Rock' premiere during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival held at Library Center Theater on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Kate Bosworth attends the 'Black Rock' premiere during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival held at Library Center Theater on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Skylar Grey performs at the T-Mobile Presents Google Music at TAO, a nightlife event at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Allison Janney attends the T-Mobile Presents Google Music at TAO, a nightlife event at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Emma Roberts attends the T-Mobile Presents Google Music at TAO, an exclusive four-night concert series at Sundance to celebrate the launch of the new Google Music Magnifier program on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Emma Roberts attends the T-Mobile Presents Google Music at TAO, an exclusive four-night concert series at Sundance to celebrate the launch of the new Google Music Magnifier program on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Musician Tyler Hilton attends Day 2 of Nintendo 3DS Experience Lounge on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actor Michael Cera attends Day 2 of Nintendo 3DS Experience Lounge on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    (L-R) Actress Cheryl Hines and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. attend Day 2 of T-Mobile Google Music Village at The Lift on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actors William H. Macy (L) and Corbin Bernsen (R) attend The 'Lay the Favorite' Official Cast and Filmmakers Dinner presented by Bing at The Bing Bar on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Megan Park attends SOREL At VEVO PowerStation & SOREL Suite featuring The Fresh Lounge Presented by Continuum Entertainment Group at 427 Main St. on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actor Nolan Gould attends SOREL At VEVO PowerStation & SOREL Suite featuring The Fresh Lounge Presented by Continuum Entertainment Group at 427 Main St. on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    (L-R) Rapper Lil Jon, musician Cisco Adler and Snowboarder Jeremy McCassy attend Day 2 of Oakley Learn To Ride Fueled by Muscle Milk and Lounge on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Rapper Lil Jon attends Day 2 of Oakley Learn To Ride Fueled by Muscle Milk and Lounge on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress AnnaLynne McCord attends Day 2 of the Puma Social Lounge at T-Mobile Google Music Village at The Lift on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actors Anne Heche (L) and Lou Diamond Phillips attend day 1 of The Variety Studio at The 2012 Sundance Film Festival at Variety Studio on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Malin Akerman attends Day 2 of Nintendo 3DS Experience Lounge on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actor Scott Wolf attends Day 2 of Nintendo 3DS Experience Lounge on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: (C) Actor Nolan Gould and the Snow Sugar Girls attend Day 2 of Chefdance Cafe at 427 Main St. on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actress Liv Tyler attends the Stella Cafe At T-Mobile Google Music Village At The Lift - Day 2 - during the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Sigourney Weaver attends the Stella Cafe At T-Mobile Google Music Village At The Lift - Day 2 - during the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Tinsley Mortimer attends Day 2 of T-Mobile Google Music Village at The Lift on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actor Geoffrey Arend and actress Lizzy Caplan attend Day 1 of The Variety Studio at The 2012 Sundance Film Festival at Variety Studio on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actor Martin Starr attends day 1 of The Variety Studio at The 2012 Sundance Film Festival at Variety Studio on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actor Elijah Wood DJ's at the 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' dinner held at Acura Studio on January 20, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Emma Roberts attends the 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' dinner held at Acura Studio on January 20, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actress Ari Graynor attends the 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' dinner held at Acura Studio on January 20, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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    Actor Chris Messina, Director Lee Toland Krieger, Producer Quincy Jones, writer/actor Will McCormack and actor Eric Christian Olsen attend the 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' dinner held at Acura Studio on January 20, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

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